Great Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

View across the salt marsh in summer at Great Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

Nearly all of this property was designated a priority habitat of state-listed rare species, which is why Mass Audubon collaborated with public and private conservation organizations, as well as private landowners, to protect and manage this sanctuary. Wandering through pine forest on old carriage roads and deer paths, you may encounter a roosting Great Horned Owl or a wading heron at the marsh edge.

Location: Stockton Shortcut, Wareham, MA
Hours: Trails open daily, dawn to dusk

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Hit the Trails!

Hike 4 miles of trails that traverse shorelines and pine forest on old carriage roads. Details & map >

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Hummingbird © Eduardo del Solar
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Sanctuary News & Events

Great Neck Garden Club members

Great Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

With the help of  property staff and our Regional Conservation Ecologist, this garden bed was created to focus on enhancing bird and pollinator habitat by establishing native perennials, shrubs, and flowering herbs that provide or attract resources used by birds, butterflies, and other pollinators on an area formally covered with lawn.

Baby Diamondback Terrapin in hand

Great Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

In the summer of 2021, we conducted pilot studies at both Allens Pond and Great Neck wildlife sanctuaries on the South Coast. The results we found will help inform future land management decisions as we work to enhance turtle nesting habitats at these two properties. 

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Upcoming Programs

October 5, 2022 (Wednesday) 11:00am-4:00pm
Please join us for a planting event for our USFWS Candidate Conservation Action Fund grant project! We have over 2,000 Wild In... Read more
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